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Google Looking At Social Networking For Games

     
1:27 pm on Jul 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Google Looking At Social Networking For Games [online.wsj.com]
Google Inc. is in talks with several makers of popular online games as it seeks to develop a broader social-networking service that could compete with Facebook Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.

Google has been in discussions with top developers to offer their games on a new service it is building, these people said. Those developers include Playdom Inc., Electronic Arts Inc.'s Playfish and Zynga Game Network Inc.a company in which Google recently took a financial stake, these people said.
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"You're so awesome, you did amazing, here let us email/buzz/IM/post...etc all your friends to tell them how awesome you are with that amazing game score"

Just, no thanks.

My worry isn't that they are building a social game platform, it's that they're building a better lolipop to get more information from you voluntarily while getting themselves in front of everyone you know. They aren't building a better arcade just to be the best arcade owner here.
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This is all because they have facebook envy.
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I have to agree J_Rad, they're copying what worked for another company and will undoubtedly steal some of it's market share.

I know many have been saying this for ages but Google really does need a warning label - "get successful enough and Google will pay you the ultimate compliment, they'll copy you."
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All in all, this is sound business move on Google's part.

They rightfully view Facebook as their main competitor, userbase-wise, and have decided to fight the problem instead of "waiting it out".

And what is Facebook, after all: A social gaming community mainly, with an occasional bunny here, teddy bear there.

It's little frightening how Google always seems to think three steps ahead...
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What sound business move has goog made? They have no success outside of search, no matter how hard they try or how many companies they buy. One trick pony.
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It's little frightening how Google always seems to think three steps ahead...


That's so not true, they have the money to waste and take three steps ahead just to test the waters, other people may have the brains but nowadays pityfully it takes more money than brains... Internet has already become a b&m world clone.
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Some of those games developers are also mentioned in an older BBC article (March 2010) about how they aim to tap into the social networking markets huge potential for gaming.

[news.bbc.co.uk...]
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Google always seems to think three steps ahead...


what? Google hasn't come up with an original idea in years. They copy the successes of others. Just look at the bingisation of google images in the last month or so as one example among many.

Google are scrabbling around desperately for a share of the social network pie and will do anything and copy anyone to do so.

there is zero originality in Google these days.
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Maybe they should have just increased their offer to buy Facebook a few years ago.

Didn't they once say "Facebook are doing their thing and we're doing ours"?